Spray foam vs. fiberglass
There are many home insulation methods out there some more popular than others. Sometimes we are so used to the common things that we don’t take the time to sit down and decide what may be best for our home. Fiberglass insulation is among one of the most common forms for home insulation, it is very cheap compared to spray foam insulation and can at times even be installed by homeowners if desired. Spray foam insulation is not as frequently used, a little more spendy and requires professional installation. Just looking at those small factors, we would automatically feel inclined to go for fiberglass but lets take a closer look at the JOB each one of this accomplish.
Spray Foam Insulation
- Higher R- Value (approx. up t0 7 per inch)
- You can save 30% or more on energy bills
- Enviromental Friendly
- Prevents air leaks
- Seals hard to get areas
- Lifetime: 80+ years
- Lower R- Value ( approx. 2.9-3.8 per inch)
- Not very pocket friendly, higher energy bills
- Causes air pollution due to fiberglass fabrication
- Causes air to leak
- Can’t cover small areas, exposing home to air leak
- Lifetime: 10-25 if kept dry
- Mildew and mold forms with time
These are only SOME of the many benefits you get. Many of you have children at home and proper insulation can play a major role in the health of them. It has been proven by many that other typical insulation methods, such as fiberglass, cause things as mold and mildew etc to form. Spray foam PREVENTS these from forming which significantly improves air quality within your home. This reduces allergy and asthma attacks, which we know or have seen is no fun. Also as you noticed about, the lifetime of fiberglass is nearly ¼ of the lifetime spray foam has, and that is if kept dry. Meaning that fiberglass may not be such a great option especially in rainy seasons. Spray foam on the other hand it perfect because it does not become damaged with water.
Investing into spray foam insulation may seem costly compared to fiberglass, but honestly it will far better with time. Your money will be worth the investment and your home will be a much better place to be in. Make a wise choice not only for your home but for your family. It will be something you won’t regret.